The North Carolina Register added the 60-year-old building to its study list last week, which allows it to be considered by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Naval Armory and Venable Hall, are scheduled to be demolished in 2005 to make way for a new $186 million science complex.
The complex will be a multipurpose building with a parking deck, office research space and a science library.
Mel Ahle, FNOA president, said the next step FNOA will take is to fill out the application for the national registry. FNOA will not know if the Armory makes it onto the list until August 2003.
But Paul Kapp, campus historic preservation manager, said the University will have the final say in the demolition of the Armory because it owns the building.
"The National Register is an honorary designation, and federal law, more so than state law, always asks the owner to stop, look and listen before destroying historic integrity," Kapp said. "But if that doesn't go through, the government can't stop the University from tearing (the Armory) down."
Kapp said he thinks there is a misunderstanding about the power of the National Register.
"I think a lot of people think of historical preservation not as a tool but as a weapon," Kapp said. "I believe there is a misunderstanding about what it does."
Ahle said that although the request began as a response to the ROTC's indignation about being relocated, it has changed into something more. She said the alumni are particularly happy about the progress made in preserving the building.